“The Real” co-host and former “Sister, Sister” star Tamera Mowry-Housley laid her niece, Alaina Housely, to rest one week after she was killed in the California bar shooting.

On Thursday, Tamera openly expressed her grief on Instagram using a touching quote sent to her by a friend, alongside a heartfelt caption.

The quote reads:

Grief never ends … but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith … it is the price of love.

The 40-year-old wrote:

Today we lay you to rest sweet angel.

The actress admitted that she was struggling with the grieving process when her friend shared the moving quote.

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This year has been one of the toughest regarding my faith and trust in God. It’s humbling because at times you think you are stronger than you are. Then the Lord shows you “ahhhh we still have work to do.” This song has gotten me through a lot. Man, I love me some Jesus. ・・・ Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You've never failed and You won't start now So I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior “Oceans (Where my feet may fail)” by @hillsongunited

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She continued:

I’ll miss you forever and your sweet smile. Until we meet again. This quote was sent to me by my friend David. When I am having a challenging day, I cling to it.

As previously reported by Dearly, the family has been grappling with Alaina’s death since learning the 18-year-old fell victim to the massacre in Thousand Oaks.

Tamera has shared several posts in honor of Alaina’s memory.

One of them being on her and Adam Housley’s son, Aden’s birthday. Aden also had a sweet message for his cousin.

Tamera wrote:

Happy 6th birthday Aden! Alaina was excited to come to your birthday party. But as you said buddy, ‘She lives in your heart now.’ We love you.

As a tribute to Alaina, “The Real” host also opened up about the special bond she shared with the teenager on Instagram. She wrote, as previously reported by Dearly:

I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano.

Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.

I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.

The family had a service on November 15 to remember the college freshman.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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